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A social messaging app called ToTok has been surging in popularity around the world in recent weeks. If you happen to be one of the hundreds of thousands of users who downloaded it you should delete the app from your phone immediately.
United States intelligence officials, speaking to the New York Times Sunday, warned that ToTok isn't the secure platform it purports to be; instead, it's likely a surveillance tool that can funnel data to the government of the United Arab Emirates. Google removed the app from Google Play on Thursday and Apple removed it from the App Store on Friday, but ToTok will keep working—and potentially spying—if it’s already on your phone.
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"Uninstall it yesterday," says Patrick Wardle, a security researcher at Jamf specialized in Apple operating systems who formerly worked at the National Security Agency. On Sunday, he released a technical analysis of ToTok.
Despite the companies' efforts to catch them during pre-screening, shady mobile apps still slip into Google Play and Apple's App Store. While invasive marketing practices and criminal data collection are bad enough, apps that function as an espionage tool of governments are an even greater concern.
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